Andrew J Pollard, FRCPCH PhD, is Professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity at the University of Oxford, Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, James Martin Senior Fellow, Jenner Institute Investigator, Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America, Fellow of St Cross College and Honorary Consultant Paediatrician at the Children’s Hospital, Oxford, UK. He obtained his medical degree at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School, University of London in 1989 and trained in Paediatrics at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, UK, specialising in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at St Mary’s Hospital, London, UK and at British Columbia Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada. He obtained his PhD at St Mary’s Hospital, London, UK in 1999 studying immunity to Neisseria meningitidis in children and proceeded to work on anti-bacterial innate immune responses in children in Canada before returning to his current position at the University of Oxford, UK in 2001. He chaired the UK’s NICE meningitis guidelines development group, the NICE topic expert group developing quality standards for management of meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia. He chairs the UK Department of Health’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and the European Medicines Agency scientific advisory group on vaccines. His research includes the design, development and clinical evaluation of vaccines including those for meningococcal disease and enteric fever and leads studies using a human challenge model of (para)typhoid. He also runs surveillance for invasive bacterial diseases and studies the impact of pneumococcal vaccines in children in Nepal. He is the clinical lead for children for the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, the children’s lead for the NIHR Thames Valley Clinical Research Network and is the vaccines theme co-lead for the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre. He received the 2013 Bill Marshall Award of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Disease. He directs the postgraduate diploma and MSc in Paediatric Infectious Disease for Oxford University and has led the annual Oxford course “Hot topics in infection and immunity in children” as a partnership with ESPID since 2002. He has supervised 23 PhD students and his publications include over 300 manuscripts and books on various topics in paediatrics, infectious diseases, and high altitude medicine. He is leading a Wellcome Trust award to study enteric fever in Nepal, Bangladesh and Malawi.